HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - A nearly five-day sit-in by members of the
United Steelworkers (USW) has ended with an agreement over severance with
Amcan Castings at both its Hamilton and Burlington locations.
"Our members stood their ground and were willing to take action for
fairness and justice," said USW Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser. "The
irony is that workers have to take these kinds of measures instead of
companies doing the right thing in the first place. I am proud of our members
at Amcan and of all our members who stood behind them in this struggle."
The settlement provides a total of $2.5-million held in an escrow account
to ensure severance payments when the plant closes.
The occupation began after the company said it would not undergo
restructuring under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and would
instead liquidate the plant. While Amcan has been operating under CCAA
protection for a month, it has not said exactly when it plans to proceed with
"We have been through this scenario too many times over the last several
months," said Fraser. "Plant closures and runaway companies are forcing
workers into economic and emotional hardship. The McGuinty government, with
its renewed mandate, must step up to the plate and take this issue seriously
to help rebuild manufacturing in this province."
There are about 170 Steelworkers at the 10 Hillyard Street plant and 100
more are currently laid off.
For further information:
For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 577-4045